NBC gives early pickups to The Blacklist and Law & Order: SVU, among others

By Lynette Rice
Updated February 05, 2015 03:15 PM
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Excellent news for Red Reddington converts: NBC has picked up The Blacklist for a third season.

The second place network also continues to believe in Dick Wolf’s cop drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: the Mariska Hargitay starrer earned an incredible 17th season renewal. (Though it’s still shy of what the mothership accomplished. Law & Order made it to 20 seasons.)

Grimm will also be back for a fifth season, Chicago Fire for a fourth, and Chicago P.D. for a third, NBC announced Thursday.

The jury is still out on a few new dramas, however. NBC has yet to decide whether to pick up a second year of The Mysteries of Laura, the Debra Messing drama that is only averaging 9.1 million. Also unknown is the fate of Constantine, which is averaging 4.8 million, and the Katherine Heigl series State of Affairs, which is luring 7.3 million.

On the comedy side, it’s unclear whether NBC will order more Marry Me, which averaged 4.8 million, and About a Boy(4.7 million). The network already cancelled Bad Judge that starred Kate Walsh and A to Z.

Parks and Recreation is in the middle of its final season and ends Feb. 24. NBC still has two new comedies it is rolling out next month – the return of Undateable on March 17 and One Big Happy on March 17.